World Bulletin/News Desk
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to rebel forces fighting in the Syrian revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, an Arab diplomat said on Saturday.
"The payment has been going on for months and the agreement was made on April 2 by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with logistical organisation from Turkey where some Free Syrian Army factions are based," said the source, who requested anonymity.
"The point of this is to encourage as many factions of the Syrian army to defect and to organize the FSA, control it and prevent any extremist organizations from joining it."
A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Saturday he was not aware of reports that the kingdom was funding Syrian rebels.
The United Nations says more than 10,000 people have been killed since violence broke out after Syrian government forces began a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters over a year ago.
Syria says at least 2,600 members of its military and security forces have been killed by what it calls foreign-backed "Islamist terrorists".
Western and Arab states, meeting on April 1, called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to adopt a peace plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan, withdraw his troops from Syrian cities and allow access for humanitarian aid.
They made no mention of arming the FSA but said they would "continue to work on additional appropriate measures with a view to the protection of the Syrian people".
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her government was supplying "communications equipment that will help activists organize, evade attacks by the regime and connect to the outside world" and was "discussing with other nations how best to expand this support".
The media storm over the purported killings in Kramatorsk petered out, and Russian forces on the border have so far stayed put.
Media reports said he was facing the possibility of charges of negligence leading to death and also for violating a law that stipulates the conduct of shipping crew.
A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said the visit had been postponed for scheduling reasons.
Some 17 other soldiers were injured in the attack, which the source blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group.
A number of activists have launched online and social media campaigns to raise awareness about the cause.
Putin criticised the government in Kiev for what he said was a mishandling of the situation in eastern Ukraine that is "dragging the country into an abyss."
More than 300 observers from the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the African Union and the United Nations are monitoring the vote.
The Moroccan King's visit to the city comes on the eve of a U.N. Security Council session to vote on a resolution on the Western Sahara.
Government spokesperson Joseph Katema denied the allegation.
Farmers agree to new strikes over unfulfilled promises to the agricultural sector. Previous actions in August and September last year, paralyzed Colombia by strangling highway traffic and communications about Bogota and another 15 departments.
The number of voters intending to back the left-leaning president for a second four-year term has fallen off just one percentage point since the previous poll in February
Japanese and U.S. officials say the alliance is rock-solid and the atmospherics will be just fine at what will be the first state visit to Tokyo by a U.S. president since Bill Clinton in 1996.
Karim Wade has been in prison for a year, sealing a dramatic fall from power for the former president's son, who previously ran ministries in charge of infrastructure, international cooperation, energy and air transportation.
Kiev and the West believe Moscow is stirring up the unrest and a senior U.S. official made clear that Russian leaders had to de-escalate the crisis.
The president spoke about the crisis in Ukraine, which he blamed squarely on Moscow, on the eve of a meeting in Geneva in which Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union
Western ambassadors demanded an end to what they said was Russia's false propaganda on the escalating crisis in Ukraine